A look back at Betty and Barney

alien-hill-sketch.jpg 45 years ago today …
Aliens made them famous

On September 19, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were heading home to Portsmouth when they encountered aliens — or so they believed. Whether true or not, their story catapulted them into national celebrity…. The 1961 case of Betty and Barney Hill was the nation’s first bona fide alien abduction story. Carl Sagan called it the first of its kind in the modern genre. The case was painstakingly chronicled by John Fuller in the book The Interrupted Journey, which was made into a movie, The UFO Incident, starring James Earl Jones. The case involved a torn and stained dress, strangely scuffed shoes, a mysterious hand-drawn map, and, most intriguingly, two missing hours that would only be accounted for years later through medical hypnosis….

So says a September 19, 2006 report in the Concord [New Hampshire] Monitor. The report includes mention of John Mack, who won the 1993 Ig Nobel Psychology Prize for his research that was inspired by the Hills.

(Thanks to investigator David Brooks for bringing this to our attention.)

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